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The Tell-Tale Heart Story

English Project Short story analysis

Andréanne Théberge-Dupuis

on 31 January 2012

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Transcript of The Tell-Tale Heart Story

The Tell-Tale Heart
The Unknown Narrator
The old man
The narrator's sanity
The three officers
A man or a woman?
The relationship between the narrator
and the old man
Plot Analysis
The Story
The vulture eye
Narrative Hook
Event #1
Event #2
Event #3
Why he kills the old man
The Unknown Narrator
decided to kill the old man
because he haves a vulture eye
Paranoia and mental deteroriation.
The story takes place in the house
of the Unknown Narrator
Paranoia and mental deterioration.
Reality vs. Imagination
The Unknown Narrator says that he's not insane
or maybe, he's trying to persuade himself that he's not insane
he was nervous...
The Unknow Narrator as been arrested
He becomes crazy
because he's hearing the heart of the old man
He screamed to the officers that he putted the body under the planks
Finally he confessed what he did
He tried for seven nights
The eyes... always closed
So he could not kill "the eye"
Finally, the eighth night
The old man wakes up, so the narrator could finally sees his eye...
The Unknown Narrator stays in his room...
waiting for the old man fall asleep again
He finally decided to kills the old man!
The unknown narrator cleaned everything by the morning
At the time, three officers came to the house
the neighbour heard a scream during the night
Fear vs. Narrator
Reality vs. Imagination
The opposition between old and young
Literary elements
Point of view
Who's living with the old man
First person narrator
(It is the hero who tells the story)
Rising action
Distinction between the eye and the old man
Fear of the narrator
Falling action
No informations
Our opinion
So What Level
A relation very ambiguous
By Edgar Allan Poe
A presentation by Andréanne Théberge-Dupuis, Jonathan Petitclerc, Pascale Paquin and Philippe Babin
Flash back
F il
The End
The End
A lot of details about how he killed the old man and almost nothing about the characters themselves
There were not a lot of descriptions about the characters so we wasn't able to find foils
Whole story, except the exposition
“ It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain, but, once conceived, it haunted me day and night […] I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever.”
So what level - We think that he has been arrested and interrogated by the three officers
So what level - We think that the resolution is the beginning of the story
The narrator heards the heart of the old man beats after he killed him
The conflict is between the narrator and the vulture eye of the old man.
"I [...] was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in the bed, crying out, "Who's there?" [...] "
[...] "It was the beating of the old man's heart [...] the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder, every instant. [...] "
" [...] The old man's hour had come! With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once -- once only. [...] "
When the narrator starts to explain the whole story until he opens the door to the three officers
"I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him"
The Title...
The tell-tale Heart
Tell Tale : The Narrator is "telling" his "tale" to the police officers that have arrested him...
Heart : It's makes a reference to the heart of the old man that makes the Unknown Narrator goes crazy
The heart in this story is like the rain for Annie Wilkes in Misery, it gived the blues to the Unknown Narrator
In the story, the Unknown Narrator is making reference to the heart of the old man that is beating faster
He works so hard to cover up his crime and at the end, he tells what he did to the officers
due to the fear of the Old Man because he knows that something's wrong...
" [...] why will you say that I am mad [...] "
So, it's also a tale of fear telled by the heart of the old man...
" [...] The disease had sharpened my senses [...] "
" [...] I heard many things in hell [...] "
" [...] Madmen know nothing. [...] You should have seen how wisely I proceeded -- with what caution -- with what foresight, with what dissimulation, I went to work! [...] "
The narrator is insane, even if he tried to convince us that he is not
" It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain [...] I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever. "
" [...] I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him [...] "
" [...] All in vain; because Death, in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim. [...] "
" [...] The old man's hour had come! [...] "
The old man going to dies.
The narrator will confess his murder because of the beating of the heart
" [...] Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder, every instant [...] "
" [...] I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation [...] "
" [...] in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim. [...] "
" [...] It grew louder -- louder -- louder! [...] Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God! -- no, no? They heard! -- they suspected! -- they KNEW! -- they were making a mockery of my horror! [...] " "
" [...] anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! [...] "
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